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Linking Social-Emotional Learning to Long-Term Success

Education Next – C. Kirabo Jackson, John Q. Easton, Sebastian Kiguel, Shanette C. Porter, and Alyssa Blanchard

“Imagine your ideal coworker or friend. She communicates well and is a good teammate. She’s in touch with her emotions but stays calm under pressure. She’s not a quitter. You’d probably describe her as hardworking, understanding, and flexible—the sort of person who helps solve big problems. Research in economics, psychology, and sociology has found that, compared to people who are otherwise similar, those who demonstrate these sorts of mindsets and skills tend to have better outcomes in school and in life.” (more)

What Kindergarten Struggles Could Mean for a Child’s Later Years

KQED News Mind/Shift – Lillian Mongeau

“Approximately 3.7 million 5-year-olds were expected to enroll in kindergarten this fall. In pandemic times, most of them — 62 percent by one estimate — were slated to start the school year sitting at home in front of a computer. Asked what 5-year-olds stand to lose if their entire kindergarten experience is moved online, Bornfreund was concise: “All of it.”” (more)

How Can I Help My Child Choose An Appropriate Career

Moms – Param Davies

“Helping your children choose an appropriate career option can be a tricky task. If you do what you love, it is no longer work for you. That said, it is quite apt in this case. In contrast, children at an early age might not always be able to decide what they love doing. Your little one might not be aware of the money, safety, prestige, and other nuances of each career option at a tender age. More than these is the joy of doing what you absolutely admire. Mondays shall not be a nightmare for your little one. And they shall not always eye the door of their workspace, anticipating to leave after 5:00 pm.” (more)

Education Disruption Brings School Digital Strategies Into Focus

Forbes – Al Kingsley

“Even before the virus made such an impact, many schools had already realized that a growing array of apps and solutions — that they sometimes only used for a short time before abandoning for the next best thing — was not the way to achieve meaningful, technology-enhanced teaching and learning experiences for their students. These were the schools that had defined (or were in the process of defining) a sustainable, pedagogy-driven, whole-school digital strategy for the longer term.” (more)

Kids are probably more strategic about swapping Halloween candy and other stuff than you might think

The Conversation – Margaret Echelbarger

“To see whether kids realize that preference can be used as leverage, I worked with two other psychologists, Kayla Good and Alex Shaw. Across three studies, which will appear in Judgment and Decision Making, an academic journal, we asked 314 children as young as 5 and up to 10 years old to predict whether someone we called Mr. Frog would agree to make a specific swap. In two of these studies, our team told some of these kids that Mr. Frog preferred chocolates to cookies and others learned that he liked these two foods equally.” (more)

Report: There’s no sign of slowing the K-12 digital transformation

District Administration – Chris Burt

“Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans shared that quote this week at the virtual Speak Up Congressional Briefing. It was given by a Maryland sixth-grader during the same event five years ago, a bold prediction for the future that has proven prophetic. Since then, COVID-19 has indeed forced a rapid shift to online learning. It also prompted Project Tomorrow to conduct its annual surveys before and during the pandemic this year, with a focus on the impact of technology. The results were eye-opening.” (more)

Remote Learning Calls for More Coordinated Cybersecurity

Ed Tech Magazine – Ryan Petersen

“The new school year had barely begun for some K–12 districts before cybercriminals struck. In early September, several ransomware attacks against schools made headlines. The attacks halted online learning or forced officials to postpone the first day of classes — costly setbacks that compound ongoing challenges with remote learning.” (more)

What Children Are Learning With Your Work From Home And Why It Matters

Forbes – Tracy Brower

“You’re working from home, taking care of children, facilitating their learning and trying to keep it together. It’s a herculean effort. But as you juggle the new challenges of work-life, what are children learning about how you work, why you work and how to make things work?” (more)

To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

The New York Times – Amy Yee

“The Instagram post looked strange to Amulya Panakam, a 16-year-old high school student who lives near Atlanta. In February, a friend showed her a sensational headline on her phone that declared, “Kim Jong Un is personally killing soldiers who have Covid-19!” Of course, the news wasn’t real. “I was immediately suspicious,” Ms. Panakam said. She searched online and found no media outlets reporting the fake story. But her friends had already shared it on social media.” (more)

Parental Pressure Mounts for More Phonics, Less Guessing in Teaching Reading

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“Early childhood literacy advocacy has been a quiet casualty of our current annus horribilis. Back in the BCE years (Before Covid Era), considerable interest had been building among practitioners and policymakers in curriculum and instruction built on the “Science of Reading.” That critical conversation has been largely sidelined for obvious reasons as states, districts, and schools prioritize setting up and running remote and hybrid learning plans and focus on a return to in-person schooling with public health imperatives more than instructional ones, first and foremost. But a pair of recent events have re-energized literacy advocates and may help push the conversation about reading instruction back to the front burner in a way that’s been absent for the last several months.” (more)